Water management

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Throughout all aspects of water management, the accessibility needs of the whole community must be considered. This includes access to potable drinking water as well as sufficient water for household and irrigation for all members of the community, including women, men and children of all ages with disabilities who may need assistance in reaching, collecting, and transporting water safe for drinking, cooking and hygiene. When water restrictions are imposed, they must not disproportionately impact persons with disabilities, older persons and children and youth.

Decisions about flood protection, sewage and wastewater, irrigation and the water table may have an impact on the accessibility of land and the built environment. Involve Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (DPOs) and other persons who are knowledgeable about universal design standards and accessibility in all decisions about water management.

  • There is an inclusive water management committee in function during emergency with all necessary preparation. DPOs and other persons who are knowledgeable about universal design standards and accessibility should serve as official voting members of Water Management Committees.
  • Toilets, washrooms and all water points are accessible for all, including men, women and children with disabilities, with a clear demarcation of access symbols and good signage.
  • Different types of mobility aids such as walkers, wheel chair, canes, moveable toilets etc. are available in different shelters.
  • During construction of shelters an involvement of a disability expert is highly expected to make WASH inclusive.   
  • The involvement of persons with disabilities to the maintenance of water points round the year to be ensured
  • After triggering any disaster/emergency safe drinking water is ready for distribution to all including most at risk people with accessible transport.